As a result of the current student unrest in Kenya, primary school heads are now calling on the Kenyan Government to abolish boarding secondary schools. The representative’s argument is that parents play an important role when it comes determining discipline and thus should be involved enough with their children so they can help prevent undisciplined behavior from occurring withinsecondary institutions as well
The KePSHA claims most do not involve themselves enough throughout their child’s education which has lead these recent surges One reason could very well stem back since many did leave this duty up entirely too teachers.
“KePSHA proposes that secondary schools become day schools so that parents are involved in raising their children,” stated the resolution read by Kepsha National Secretary Philip Mitei during a delegates’ conference in Mombasa on Thursday.
“We will collaborate with the Kenya National Parents’ Association to promote strong partnership, coordination and parental engagement to help children’s re-entry to schools and 100 percent transition from primary to secondary,” he added.
Chairman Johnson Nzioka, KEPSHA underscored the need for students to be with their parents saying that counsel from two parties; teachers and parents would be silver bullet to deal with menace. At same time Kenya Union of Post-Primary Education Teachers (Kuppet) seconded idea by KeSPA–children boarding schools suffer increased stress levels which bring about consideration turning existing ones into day school.”
“Boarding schools have been overtaken by time. It is a colonial idea. We cannot sustain them. What we need is free and compulsory education for all learners,” KUPPET acting Secretary-General Moses Nthurima stated.
While addressing a different conference in Kisumu on Thursday, Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha who has been opposed to the debate, welcomed the argument saying that the decision lies among all stakeholders.
“First of all, before we talk about indiscipline, we should ask ourselves whether we need boarding schools or not? In an ideal society where people are normal, boarding schools are supposed to flourish, isn’t it? But it is society to decide whether they continue to be there or not,” Magoha said.
Magoha at the same time reiterated that a Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC) would be key in curbing indiscipline, and he has been an advocate for bringing back corporal punishment as solution since its removal from schools. He stressed on how secondary school students are now well grounded after having had a good grounding before being taught by educators who have different views than them – which might make it difficult when trying to find solutions together regarding disputes over discipline issues between teachers or administrators
The Education Minister says “I don’t think there’s any other way.”